Five Things to Do in Shelby County, Kentucky

Karen Lange

Nestled in North Central Kentucky between Louisville and Frankfort, Shelby County is a great place to visit. It has much to offer visitors and residents alike. From sightseeing, horse shows, nature walks, and birdwatching, to farm tours, dining, shopping, and hiking, Shelby County has activities that individuals, couples, families, and groups will enjoy. Whether you are stopping by for a day trip or an extended stay, there’s sure to be an attraction that appeals to everyone.

Here’s just a sampling of things to do in Shelby County:


If you like to “shop till you drop”, you’ll want to stop by the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville. Conveniently located off Interstate 64 at 1155 Buck Creek Road, The Outlet Shoppes boast 60+ retail stores and eateries. You’ll find clothing and shoes for the entire family, jewelry, handbags, gifts, tools, books, cosmetics, skin care, fragrances, baked goods, chocolates, pet items, and more.

Shelbyville’s downtown shopping district is another great place to shop. From gifts, baked goods, furniture, and antiques, to clothing, wedding dresses, coffee shops, and more, there’s a lot happening downtown. For more info, check out this recent article, Shopping Options in Downtown Shelbyville, KY.


From fast food to fine dining, Shelby County offers a little bit of everything. Ranging from American, Southern, and Barbecue, to Mexican, Italian, and a whole lot more, Shelby County hosts an abundance of great restaurants and cafes. Here are a few of the dining options available:

Cattleman’s Roadhouse, 221 Breighton Circle, Shelbyville, KY 40065, (502) 647-5959

Claudia Sanders Dinner House, 3202 Shelbyville Rd., Shelbyville, KY 40065, (502) 206-3318

Red Lion at Science Hill, 525 Washington Street, Shelbyville, KY 40065, (502) 738-3448

There are many other fine dining establishments throughout Shelby County. For additional info on local dining, check out Family Friendly Dining in Shelbyville, KY and Need a Night Out? Check out Shelbyville, KY’s Dining Options!

Visit the Theatre

Shelby County Community Theatre, known as the heart of the area’s cultural community, offers quality productions including musicals and drama. Founded in 1977, this award-winning organization offers year-round arts and entertainment opportunities for adults and children. The theatre is conveniently located in downtown Shelbyville at 801 Main Street. Call (502) 633-0222 or visit their website for current performances, times, and ticket information.

Hiking and Horseback Riding

Located at 5063 Aiken Road in Simpsonville, KY, Shelby Trails Park is a public park open to hikers and equestrians. With over 400 acres and 21 miles of scenic trails, you’ll find a wonderful sampling of the Kentucky landscape with creeks, rolling hills, and easy and more challenging trails.

If you’re a horse owner, you’re invited to bring your horse using a day pass purchased online at ​If you’re not a horse owner, the Red Fern Riding Center offers an assortment of services at the park such as guided horseback rides and lessons.

Just a short drive from Interstate 64, State Highway 60, and downtown Shelbyville, Shelby Trails Park is a great place to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Find more info about the park and horseback riding at

Family Recreation

The Clear Creek Park System, headquartered at 717 Burks Branch Road, offers 130 acres of recreation for individuals, families, and groups. Amenities include a large playground and other play areas, beautiful paved and natural walking paths and trails, soccer and ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, as well as the Clear Creek Golf Course and Practice Range. You’ll also want to check out the Family Activity Center, which features indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness room, gymnasium, and an indoor walking track.

Included in the Clear Creek Park System is a local favorite, Lake Shelby. There are adjacent campsites and pavilions available for rent, and visitors may picnic, fish, and go boating or hiking, too. To find more information about the park system, call (502) 633–5059 or visit

This is just a small sampling of the many attractions, businesses, and happenings in Shelby County. For additional information, visit

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